We’re going to be looking at the Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike. There are two recommended options, and this review will cover for both the Diamondback Insight 1 and Diamondback Insight 2 of the Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike line. They are both hybrid bikes, ideal for commuting and coming in with a pretty competitive price point PRICE, like some of the other hybrid bikes that are out there from Rockhopper or Giant or possibly Trek. So, each manufacturer has a bike that comes in around this price point. These are pretty stable hybrid bikes. They have some nice features that I’m going to point out and also show you some of the modifications that I’ve made to my Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike that I think make it a little bit more user-friendly and better for the commuting environment, Go Green Go Cycling. We have nice article about Learn About Selecting the Right Hybrid Bike for You
Diamonback Insight Hybrid Bike Review and Accessories
Beginning with the handle bars, the handle bars are a little bit on the thick side on the Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike. So that means you’re not going to be able to get a standard mounting for let’s say a BV Bicycle Super Bright 5 LED Headlight and 3 LED Taillight, or the speedometer, odometer. You’ll have to rig up something kind of special because the Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike has a really thick handle bar stem. But it is a strong hybrid bike that can withstand the harsh rode pothole curb environment of an everyday commuting hybrid.
Regarding the handle bar grips I use are not the stock grips that came with the Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike. Instead of having a round grip, I prefer kind of a flat surface and it’s ideal for resting the palms so that your tendons and nerves in the hand don’t get pinched. So that’s real key, I think that’s a good investment to go and upgrade to the nicer grips.
The shifting is really quite nice on the Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike. It has a lever action. You push in too shift up and then pull this level back here to shift down. Very simple for the beginning or advanced user.
Breaking is pretty good. I did notice some squeaking but they work very well when the rims and tires are a little wet or even like a little bit of oil on them. So they are definitely a plus. And I’ve discovered that that squeaking noise has become kind of a safety feature. Often people are wearing headphones and listening music in their own world. So you need more than just a bike bell to alert people that you’re coming up behind them. And the squeaking is perfect. It’s there when you need it when you start braking as you’re approaching.
The valve stems that come with the Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike are Presta valves. And so they are narrower. They don’t work if you go to a gas station or use a standard air pump. You just can’t pump up the tires. So I added a little adaptor which allows you to go to pretty much any air pump and fill up the tires, which is really convenient for a commuting bike because you’re going to be riding around town and maybe you’re not going to have a specialized bike shop or carrying around special pump with you to pump up the tires. And at about 50 cents to a dollar, it’s definitely worth it to have for convenience.
I do find that the Presta valves that come with the bike, for whatever reason, maybe it’s just me but it seems that they tend to hold air better. I’ve actually noticed it over the years. It seems like a Presta valves on bikes tend to keep the air. And maybe it’s just the tighter seal with the rubber gaskets in there or whatever.
Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike
Another item that I almost always add to my commuting hybrids bikes are fenders. If I’m replacing a bike with a new one I’ll just remove and move the fenders from the old hybrid bike to the new hybrid bicycle. I added the fenders from Planet Bike. There are bunch of brands out there. These are just the ones that were available. But I found that they work well. It’s good to have a plastic lip thing on the back to help catch the extra road dirt. These are pretty basic fenders. They mount to the forks and cover most of the rear part of the tire. And that’s going to prevent road dirt, grit, sand, all that kind of stuff from getting up in the bottom bracket of those front gears that are really susceptible to picking up road debris. Definitely a worthwhile item and fenders aren’t that expensive. Depending on what kind of bike you have, if you have wider tires, you’ll need wider fenders.
Almost ALL hybrid bikes DO NOT come with a kick stand, it’s a $10 item. I had that added on afterwards. Definitely worth it. You probably want to stand the Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike up on its own sometime.
I also like to add a bike rack. This one is from a previous bicycle. It’s a Ventura Universal Bicycle Rack. I like this rack, I mean it works like a normal rack but it also works with TOMTOP Cycling Bike Bicycle Rack Pack that you can get. Definitely worth it. Having a bag on top the rack is kind of nice. You can hold the Kryptonite U-Lock with 4-Foot Flex Cable in here pretty easily. Another feature that I like, is it does expand so you can really get a lot of extra, maybe a rain suit in or extra gear or whatever you want for a day trip or weekend trip on the bike, or just going from home to work.
For whatever won’t fit in a rear bike bag or if you really have more to carry with your Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike on your commute , you may want to go ahead and get a bike trailer. I use the one from BicycleR Evolution, their trailers are starting at about $250 and up from there. I like theirs because you can order just the metal frame structure and put your own tub on the back. And because it’s using a rubber tub, it’s relatively water proof which is a good thing. The connection is similar to that of a high pressure air hose like air tools that are found in a garage or workshop. And so it just clips on and clips off. Really quick, really easy, you don’t have to fiddle around the straps or whatever, just clip it on. There is a u-bolt there you can see. And that u-bolt is useful for locking the trailer down if you want to lock it to a bike rack. One thing I want to point out also is that they do have accessories. So the same trailer can be used for two or three bikes. You can buy an adaptor and easily hook it in.
I ended up replacing the seat and seat post that came on the bike with a bike suspension Comfort Seat that’s very cushiony, very comfortable. If you’re putting a lot of miles on, which I do, you want a more comfortable seat. I went ahead and got a heavier duty seat post because I wanted to make sure I had plenty of leg room.
Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike typically don’t come with a water bottle cage, so you want to go ahead and use one from a previous bicycle or pick out one that fits the kind of bottle that you’re going to be using. I usually go with a basic aluminum black one. And that works just fine for me.
One thing I found was that the pedals on most bikes are kind of small and plastic and slippery. And in the rain, or year-round biking, you’re going to want something a little more stable than that. So Diamondback has something they call the “Diamondback Bigfoot Pedals”. And you’re going to get a better grip with your shoe to the pedal. Less likely to slip off and have an accident which is a good thing.
And basically, other than those modifications, the bike itself I think has performed pretty well. It’s a stiff frame bike and There is no suspension to it. But the Diamondback Insight Hybrid Bike I would say is definitely worth the money. But is you are interested in Bamboo Bikes